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Scientists have reported the first conclusive discovery of water vapor in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. This artist's impression shows a gas-giant exoplanet transiting across the face of its star. Infrared analysis by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of this type of system provided the breakthrough. The planet, HD 189733b, lies 63 light-years away in the constellation Vulpecula. It was discovered in 2005 as it transited its parent star, dimming the star's light by some three percent.


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Creator ESA - C. Carreau
Date 0000
Relation NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet [ http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/Media/releases/ssc2007-12/release.shtml ]
Insightuid nasaNAS~12~12~67422~172216
Source http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2007-12b
What Discovery
What Spitzer Space Telescope
What Constellation
What Vulpecula
Identifier SPITZ-ssc2007-12b
Addeddate 2009-10-06 03:54:15
Publicdate 2009-10-06 07:09:02
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